UPDATE -- Jan. 12, 2016
The Portland Water Bureau will begin turning on most Benson Bubblers in the downtown core beginning tomorrow, Jan. 13 because long range weather forecasts predict warmer temperatures.
UPDATE -- Dec. 30, 2015
Nearly all Benson Bubblers will be shut off throughout the city because of cold temperatures and wind.
On Tuesday, Dec. 29, the Portland Water Bureau will begin a shut-off of the city's Benson Bubbler drinking fountains because of predicted cold temperatures and wind, which can cause safety hazards on sidewalks for pedestrians. Bubblers are turned off by hand.
A few bubblers will be will be kept on – including one at Fifth Avenue and West Burnside Street, one on the waterfront near the west end of the Steel Bridge and one under the Burnside Bridge – to provide water to those who rely on them as their primary water source.
Once temperatures warm up, all of the iconic bubblers will be turned back on.
Main breaks, service leaks and frozen water meters can also occur as a result of cold weather. If you observe running water in the street, believe you are not receiving water from your meter, or experience an urgent water problem, please contact the Portland Water Bureau's 24/7 Emergency Hotline at 503‐823‐4874.
For more information on the Benson Bubblers, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bensonbubblers.